The men’s fencing team of Áron Szilágyi, András Szatmári, Csanád Gémesi, Tamás Decsi won the gold medal on Monday at the European Fencing Championships in Antalya, after defeating the Ukrainian team 45-39 in the early evening final.
The Hungarian quartet started the fourth day of competition in the last eight, beating Poland and France in the semi-finals.
In the final, the Hungarians then had a tough time against the Ukrainians, who are much lower down the world rankings.
“It’s not really our problem that the favourites went out early this time. We did our job and I am very proud of the boys! A gold medal is never given for free and this team proved that they are ready for the next challenges after Tokyo,” head coach András Decsi told the Hungarian federation’s website.
Csanád Gémesi said that four years ago they won the European Championship under completely different circumstances, yet he can’t distinguish between the two gold medals.
“This time we became European champions in a tournament where we were the favourites all along, we talked about it during the day, that this is a different situation than the previous ones. But we solved this one, Csanád was great as always and we added what we needed with Szatyi. I won my third European gold medal, but it wasn’t boring at all!” – said Áron Szilágyi.
Szatmári noted that it was not easy to cope with the burden of being an underdog. With the phrase “everything is good if the end is good”, he also referred to the fact that they managed to improve after the individual struggles without a medal.
The men’s sabre team, bronze medallists at the Tokyo Olympics, last won a continental event in 2018, their eighth triumph overall. And this time, the Turkish delegation won its first medal.